I’m a Republican. I stand proudly in the stream of Abraham Lincoln, US Grant (he was a better president than most give him credit), Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

However, I have to depart with them over the issue of Obamacare. Don’t get me wrong, I obamacareoppose Obamacare. What I object to is the notion that we can get rid of Obamacare by not funding it. PEOPLE, we’re a nation governed by laws! Obamacare is the law. So, I say to my fellow Republicans in the Congress—if you don’t like it, then defeat it legislatively. Go on, draft a counter-bill and have it enacted as law.

This post was prompted because I’m still on the distribution list for volunteers at Chickamauga and I received an email today that the park and all services are closed because of the government shut-down. Here’s an idea: instead of closing all the national parks because of the government shut-down, let’s take the salaries of the everyone in Congress and keep the parks open—Congress: if you can’t figure out how to compromise, then you need a “time out” without pay to think about how to be more of a statesman and less of a politician.

My fellow Republicans—how do you think this will play in the 2014 mid-term elections or the 2016 presidential election?